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Master of Applied Social Research

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Applied Social Research
Deakin course code A719

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Applied Social Research is designed to equip graduates with practical and analytical skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. It aims to develop holistic social researchers who are confident and competent in designing, conducting, interpreting and presenting research. You will examine conceptual and theoretical frameworks informing the research environment as a means to operate effectively within it.


The focus of the program is on building a comprehensive suite of skills and knowledge that can be applied to the social research context. Course content covers the stages of conceptualising and planning research (including ethical, cultural and theoretical dimensions), as well as the requisite skills and techniques used to carry out qualitative and quantitative research (data collection, manipulation, analysis and dissemination). Elective offerings enable you to tailor your degree to your area of interest, with specialisms available in communication, gender, health and social policy.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Applied Social Research, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study made up in one of the following ways:

  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of units chosen from a specialisation


  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points from elective list (chosen with the permission of the Course Director)


  • 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of minor thesis (as pathway to PhD)

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Course structure

Core units


Trimester 1

ASC741 Conducting Qualitative Research  

ASC742 Survey Research  


Trimester 2

ASC743 Analysing Qualitative Data  

ASC744 Analysis of Quantitative Data  




Trimester 1

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  (not offered 2015)

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  (not offered 2015)

ASD711 Unit description is currently unavailable  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  


Trimester 2

AID714 Unit description is currently unavailable  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

ACC717 Law Media and Communication  [Formerly ALJ724]

ALR718 Critical Public Relations, Culture and Social Change  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ASD710 Unit description is currently unavailable  

EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  



Trimester 1 or trimester 2

HSH703 Health Promotion  


Trimester 2 or trimester 3

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning  


Minor Thesis units


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ASC745 Minor Thesis A  

ASC746 Minor Thesis B  


Note: Students may undertake any postgraduate unit offered within the Faculty of Arts and Education with approval of the Course Director.

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